Trent Murphy DE Stanford #93
Size/Athleticism: Ideal size. Only 19 bench press reps at the combine, but his strength shows up on the field. Functional strength is greater than his weight room strength. Threw discus for the Stanford track team in 2011.
Run Defense: Shows great awareness on the field. Very disciplined and doesn’t overreact to play fakes. Quick to react and takes efficient angles. A strong wrap-up tackler. Range is average at best, but he gives a solid effort and takes efficient angles. Does a nice job fighting through the junk and will make an occasional play downfield simply with effort and putting himself in the right spot.
Pass Rush: Gives a relentless effort but lacks the strength or athleticism to consistently be productive. Strong, violent hands to disengage from blocks, but lacks the explosion to come back with a strong second effort. Pass-rush ability to much stronger from the linebacker position when he has an extra step to gain momentum. Does a nice job converting that momentum into power. Quick first step off the snap, but doesn’t have the agility to turn that into a combination of moves. Still needs to rely on power more than speed to fight past offensive linemen.
Versatility: Lined up all over the field for Stanford. Primarily played with his hand on the ground, both in 3-4 and 4-3 sets. But also lined up at linebacker in both sets, and occasionally dropped into zone coverage.
Intangibles: Team captain in 2013.
Durability: Missed majority of 2010 season with a leg injury but made 41 consecutive starts once he returned.
Comments: Murphy gets the most out of his physical tools and may already be near his ceiling. He doesn’t really stand out in any one area, but has the ability to be a three-down lineman due to the well-rounded nature of his game. He may have the most upside as a 3-4 linebacker because his pass-rush is slightly more effective when he has the room to build some momentum, but he can play in any scheme.